Snowshoe to Fondue plus Igloo to Skidoo for 1-2 people

Accommodation in Hotham Heights, VIC
100% Recommended
2 people
No pets
A truly unique experience: spending an intimate and adventurous night in the snow.

Founder Jean-Francois Rupp will take you on an evening snowshoe adventure through the snow gums to reach his hidden eco-village and central tipi, where he’ll assist you to prepare your own French cheese fondue, then bid you goodnight for a cosy night's sleep in the heated, sustainable snow-domes.

We head off around 16.30 for an easy 30 minute Snowshoe walk (450m) through the picturesque snow gums to the eco-village where you’ll enjoy a delicious heart warming glass of Glühwein or hot chocolate outside by the fire.

You will then be invited in the central tipi with a fireplace, where you will learn the secrets to making a traditional and mouth-watering French fondue, with cheese imported for the occasion from French Alpine farms.

After a 3 course dinner we will sit around the fire sharing a few drinks and stories drinks (maybe even some dancing). We usually finish around 9:00pm and no later than 23:30.

Igloo to Skidoo guests will waive the rest of the group group goodbye and settle in their Snow-dome for a cosy night looking at the stars from the warmth of their bed.
Next morning, a hearty warm breakfast will be served under the main tipi.
Around 10:00am, you will be picked up by the Skidoo and enjoy a scenic ride back to the wire plain car park.
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Features and Amenities

1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bathroom
Heating
Indoor fireplace
Kid-friendly

Details

  • Check in after 4pm
    Check out before 10am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 1 night
    Weekend minimum booking: 1 night
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 2 weeks prior to check-in.

Additional Information

SHOWSHOE & SNOW DOME DETAILS

Our new snow-domes are sustainably built with one idea in mind: simplicity is a luxury.
Think of it as an Igloo, but dry, with a view, warmer and with a comfortable bed and plush blanket!

What to expect:

In all Snow-domes:
- A warm wood fire heater
- Hand washing facilities and towels
- Comfortable bedding (real mattress, bed linen, pillow, faux fur blanket, fleece liner and -10°c sleeping bag)
- One or Two double beds (depending on number of guests)
- Drinking water
- Solar powered battery and USB port to recharge phones
- Extra blankets

At the Eco-Village:
Our eco-village is set-up in the wilderness of Hotham. Everything is carried in and out by man power to reduce our impact on the fragile alpine environment. We are completely off the grid, but for your comfort the eco-village are able to offer the following services:

- Limited Power
- 3G / 4G
- Heated tipi
- Dry toilets
- Hand washing facilities
- Warm Drinks
- Fully licensed
- Credit card payment
- The best French fondue!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Snowshoe to Cheese fondue
- Snowshoes and Headtorch
- Guided snowshoe tour – 30 minutes with stories and inside knowledge on French/Australian alps history
- First glass of heart-warming home made Gluhwein (hot spiced red wine) by the fire
- 3 course dinner including home made soup, French cheese fondue, and cake

Igloo to Skidoo
- Exclusive accommodation in wood heated snow-domes with sky views.
- Comfortable bedding: real mattress, bed linen, pillow, faux fur blanket, fleece liner and -10°c sleeping bag
- Hearty warm breakfast
- Scenic Skimobile tour

BREAKFAST INCLUDED
Hot breakfast with tea, coffee, juice, toast and jams, Muesli, eggs and bacon rolls or Halumi rolls.

Prices are per person per night. For bookings for more than 2 people, refer to separate listing on Riparide for 1-4 people.

Optional extras: Can be booked on the day.
– Indulge a little longer and add a Dinner Plain Onsen package. (includes bus transfer and access to the Onsen warm bath, spa and sauna.)
– Opt for a one hour skidoo tour around the Hotham resort.

WHAT TO BRING
Warm clothes, comfortable waterproof shoes, beanies, gloves, toothbrush, pyjamas, all in a little backpack. And a swimming costume for the Onsen, if you book that optional extra.
You will also be sent a 'How to Prepare for your Experience Guide' prior to the date.

WHAT IS THE TOILET SITUATION?
It’s good! We have a very cute dry toilet. It’s clean, and does not smell at all. Some guests have called it the cutest dunny they have ever seen!

IMPORTANT DETAILS
Includes: guided tour, head torch, snowshoe, glass of Glühwein on arrival and three course dinner including fondue cooking class

Please note, due to the nature of the experience, only vegan, dairy free and gluten free dietary requirements are available on request, at an extra cost. Make sure you specify this when booking.
For the same reasons we are unable to provide a different menu for children.

This activity is not recommended for children under the age of 6. If you would like to take a child under 6 for one of our evening adventure please get in touch with us prior to booking.

SEASON OPEN.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from the 20th of June to the end of the season, 29th of September. Any other day for groups on request.
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Prices

  • Base Price $290 / night
  • Extra People $290 / night after 1 person

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Jean-Francois
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Growing up in the French Alps, I have always been very passionate about the mountains. After spending most of my life in the snow I have relocated to the high country in 2015 with my wife. She is Australian. I fell in love with the Australian Alps and realised that all the core elements I was missing from home were there, ready to be unveiled: The snow, the beautiful and unique scenery, the history, the good food and amazing people. In 2017 I combined my passion for the outdoors with these core elements and created Alpine Nature Experience with one goal in mind: Get people to experience the beauty of the Australian Alps and the snow environment without having to ski or be intrepid. As John Muir wrote once, the mountains are calling and I must go, (and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.)
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Reviews (3)

100% Recommended

Jason

18 Oct 2018
My fiancé and I Absolutely loved the experience the lads were so down to earth and were very entertaining with great story’s and information.
Such a unique experience. The boys were very accommodating the Cheese fondue was lovely and the bed in our igloo was soooooo comfy.

Couldn’t ask for better lads and location.
Very environmentally friendly to, they have thought of everything.

So all in all. Loved it. Nice one lads 10/10
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Jade

7 Sep 2018
This was an amazing experience that I thoroughly enjoyed - the tents were warm and comfortable - the mulled wine was the best that I have ever tasted!...

Alison

22 Aug 2018
Oh wow! One of the most romantic experiences ever!!! I’m still thinking about the fondue & mulled wine. Nom, nom, nom!! This is a must do at Hotham.

Such a laugh, fully looked after by Jeff and the team. The domes are roomy & cozy. I would advise bringing earplugs if you’re staying through mid winter & it’s due to be windy. You’ll be amazed at the view of the mountains in the middle of the night - hauntingly beautiful!!!
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